Lori’s List: This week’s talkers on the TV schedule

Written By By LORI RACKL TV Critic Posted: 01/27/2014, 02:17am

“TOP CHEF” (9 p.m. Wednesday, Bravo): Did Chicago chef Carlos Gaytan survive Last Chance Kitchen for a spot in the finals, or did the chef/owner of West Town’s Mexique become the latest victim of Louis’ impressive winning streak? We’ll see if Carlos and his petulant nemesis, Nicholas, get to throw down in the kitchen one last time when the Bravo cooking competition’s two-part finale heats up in Hawaii.

“FLEMING: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE BOND” (9 p.m. Wednesday, BBC America): Many of 007’s exploits are the heightened realities of Ian Fleming’s real-life spy games and romances. These are laid out, sometimes in explicit detail, in this miniseries about the author-to-be. Dominic Cooper (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) stars as Fleming, a hedonistic playboy whose true talents surface under the stress of World War II. Lara Pulver (“Sherlock”) plays his lover in a relationship that’s as passionate as it is twisted. Fleming’s life could have used an editor; the four-part series feels repetitive and should have been cut in half. Rating: ★★½

“SUPER BOWL XLVIII” (5:30 p.m. Sunday, WFLD-Channel 32): It’s the biggest TV event of the year: A bunch of great commercials occasionally interrupted by a football game. The Bears won’t be there but Lyric Opera of Chicago soprano Renee Fleming will, singing the national anthem. Bruno Mars headlines the halftime show with an assist from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Who knows what craziness could happen in New Jersey’s open-air stadium if the weather gets bad — or if Erin Andrews sticks a mike in front of Richard Sherman.

“NEW GIRL” AND “BROOKLYN NINE-NINE” (approx. 9:30 p.m. Sunday, WFLD-Channel 32): Fox caps off the Super Bowl drama with a double dose of comedy, giving the plum post-game time slots to “New Girl” and Andy Samberg’s unlikely Golden Globe darling, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Both shows are getting gussied up with guest stars for the occasion. On “New Girl,” music legend Prince invites Jess and Cece to party like it’s 1999 at a swanky mansion, while Fred Armisen and Super Bowl-winning quarterback Joe Theismann shake things up on the freshman cop sitcom.

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